A Font Identifier that WORKS!

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Many times I’ve wanted (or needed) to know the font that was used in a specific kit.

For example, here is a cool finger pointing sticker from Outdoor Dad by Brandy Murry. I really like the font she used on the finished stickers, but I wanted to use the same font to create a sticker of my own with the blank one she provided.

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Just last week I came across a new-to-me font identifying website. I was a little skeptical. I’ve tried many of these types of sites and they never pan out for me. Check this out . . .

What Font Is .com

What I liked about WhatFontIs.com is that I can upload a file from a scrapbook kit, have it analyzed, and within seconds I know what font the designer used. It worked great, but there were a few things that made the process much smoother for me. So, I wanted to share them with you.

1. Registering is not necessary. They kind of make it look like you need to register. You don’t. I didn’t register, and it worked fine for me.

2. Crop and apply a Threshold adjustment first. Trust me on this one; spend a second giving your word art strips a little adjustment before uploading them to the website. Here’s how:

Step One: Open a word art file (File > Open).
This is the font I want to identify. Just to be on the safe side, I duplicated the file and closed the original.

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Step Two: Crop out any unnecessary things.
Get the Rectangular Marquee tool with a Feather of 0. Drag a selection outline around the type. In the Menu Bar, choose Image > Crop. Then, deselect.

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Step Three: Apply a Threshold adjustment.
In Photoshop Elements, choose Filter > Adjustments > Threshold. (In Photoshop, choose Image > Adjustments > Threshold.) In the dialog box, move the slider until only the type is filled with black. Then, click OK.

Note: Try to get the type as clean as possible without any background noise. Extra grunge around the letters that is not part of the font will make the identification process difficult.

Note: Pure white elements will not turn black. For these, slide the Threshold slider all the way to the right and click OK.  Then press Ctrl I (Mac: Cmd I) to invert the color to black.

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Step Four: Save the file as a JPG (File > Save As).
Save the file to your desktop so that you can find it easier. Make sure not to overwrite the original!

Note: Transparent pixels are not recognized correctly within the identifier software. For that reason, if the type is surrounded by transparent pixels, you should save the file as a JPG.

 3. Be smart and follow the instructions on the WhatFontIs website. For this word art, I had to tell them that the background is lighter than the font. I also had to help them compile the G because it is a little grungy looking. All this is easy and quick if you just read the instructions. 😀

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Hey! As it turns out, the font Brandy Murry used on her pointer stickers is Weston-Light-Free. Now I can make as many pointing stickers as I want and they will all match!!

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Please Note:

  • This site will NOT work for every unique situation.
  • Font identification sites are often affiliated with sites that offer paid fonts.
  • Once your font is identified, Google the name of the font to see if there is a free version available.

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Disclaimer: Links or references to individuals or companies do not constitute an endorsement of any information, product, or service you may receive from such sources.

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57 Responses

  1. TG
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    omg thank you so much. i’d been trying to find the font used in my company logo, after the original designer no longer works here. it finally worked. THANK YOU!!!!!!

  2. france
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    Doesn’t work… Very limited to find…

    • Australia
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      Agree! Limited

  3. Sarah
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    Fantastic. Worked perfectly when other websites had failed to identify my font. Highly recommend it.

  4. m
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    ok so I can’t seem to get it to allow me to click on two of the pieces it show of my font..I trybut it says I only selected one and says I need to upgrade..help! thanks

    • Jen White
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      Hi m. Sorry it’s not working for you. You might want to contact the page owner?

      • m
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        guess I could try that thanks

  5. Yulla
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    Thank you so much! I’ve found my font!

  6. Sameer
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    I spent a lot of time with some adjustments. But I could not find a clear match. I tried with 2 letter and more contrasted colours. but no result. Any help.

    • Jen White
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      Hi Sameer. I’m sorry you cannot make it work for you. Not all font situations will work.

      My suggestion: Some font sites will allow you to contact them to identify a font. You can try that. Also, you can try looking up font groups on Facebook and asking their members if anyone recognizes the font. That is where I would start.

      Hope this helps.

  7. Lu
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    I am looking for a script font that none of these sites seem to be able to identify

    • Jen White
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      Hi Lu. If you’ve tried this site without success, I’d suggest contacting the source of the image asking what font was used. Good luck!

  8. TJ
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    Thank you so much! The Ps editing was a crucial step that I hadn’t taken.

  9. Patrick
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    Hi. I don’t know if this is the right place for me to be asking this question. But for the life of me, I cannot find this font. I’ve went on a bunch of font identifying websites, and none were able to find the font I’m looking for. The two closest fonts any site came up with, is octin prison & united serif semi ext stencil. The main matching identifier in this font should be the letter M. A picture of the font can be found here. http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b210/BlackCaScorpio/Female_Square_large_zpsyig2gy52.jpg

    • Jen White
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      Patrick, I’m glad you stopped in. Have you tried using the website I suggest?

    • Heather
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      Based on your sample word, FEMALE, I think your sample font is Defense Bold. Available at myfonts.com and also shown on this site: http://www.identifont.com/similar?3NUM)

  10. Krishna
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    EPIC!! I really did find my font. Thanks so much 🙂

  11. Najeeb shaukat
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    hello it’s is a great artical and it’s very useful for me i search my company logo font that was not searched before two day … it’s is great and now i found my font through whatfontis.com..

  12. Charles
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    Nice one!! Great find. Bookmarked that site. It worked a treat. Free font was an exact match too.

  13. Kim
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    WOW It actually WORKS, no kidding, I was searching a font for days! Next time i’ll use that page. THANKS 😀

  14. Dr. Scott
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    Having trouble with the site recognizing my font, but I realized my font is the same as the words “font identifier” in your banner. What is that font?

    • Jen White
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      Hope this helps. I used Superclarendon Regular and Susie’s Hand Regular for the header image of this blogpost. 😀

  15. André
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    perfect!! found my font 🙂

  16. Richard Robbins
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    I’m finding that most of the font matching sites seem to match you with an affiliate of theirs that charges $50+ for the font that yours has been “matched” with.

    Kind of a sneaky game they play.

    Does anyone know of a font matcher that will also consider which free fonts might match?

    • Jen White
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      Hi Richard. I didn’t notice any agenda at all in the matching. If you are matching with a paid font, then it’s a paid font. You’re not going to be able to get around that. Sorry. 🙁

    • Josh
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      You’re right, the top 3 results on Google for Font Identifier can’t even recognize Times New Roman. They all redirect you to pay sites that charge $50-$90 for a TNR knock off.

    • Fivos
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      Hi Richard,
      I’m the designer/programmer of “Find my Font” a font identifier containing about 135.000 fonts in it’s online database, and consider the following font sources when matching:
      a) Many free-font sources (including the 40.000+ fonts of dafont.com)
      b) Google web-fonts (very useful to web designers)
      c) A lot of commercial font foundries
      d) Your local fonts! (installed or just stored) in your PC
      More than this you can also select which source you want to compare your sample to, you may want for example to find the best matching of a commercial font to a Google Web font.
      It’s a software application – not a site – and is not free (and that’s why it doesn’t try to sell you the fonts) but you can download the 30-days-free-trial here:
      http://www.findmyfont.com/index.php/download/download-free-edition
      The matching precision is superior to WhatTheFont and WhatFontIs and there is no need for any image pre-processing.
      I think you can love it 😉
      Fivos

      • Ronny Axelsson
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        Have to give Fivos my support here.
        I have been using Find My Font for a couple of years now and it is far better than anything else I’ve tried.
        It is fast, easy to use and the result is most of the times spot on. Good work!

  17. Steven Parkes
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    Well, just reading all these messages from delighted people who’ve successfully identified fonts your way only makes me frustrated and angry – sorry to say. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong, but trying to follow your ‘Simple’ instructions is impossible for me. What’s a ‘Word Art File’? To me, that’s something out of Microsoft Publisher – irrelevant to what I’m doing here. I submitted a clear, large, black-and white, single word I’d snipped from the screen as a jpeg. It failed to recognise it as a font image at all, saying ‘Error – minimum no. of characters is 2 (it had six). Yours was the seventh website I’d tried to identify this font with. None of them have got it. I just give up. Things like this just make me all biter and twisted. Not your fault. Just so frustrated at the constant failure..!

    • Jen White
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      Hi Steven. I’m so sorry to see that you are frustrated.

      When referring to a ‘word art file’, I’m talking about a png or jpg file that contains a word that’s been creatively displayed. If you snipped a word from your screen, that would basically be the same thing. So, I think you are good there.

      Unfortunately, this identifier will not work with everything. There are always exceptions.

      Since you cannot get it to work, this is my suggestion for you:

      1) Upload your image (screenshot) to image hosting site such as Flickr.com
      2) Ask the gals in our forum if they recognize the font. You’ll have to attach a link to the image so they can see it.

      Our community is very knowlegable and kind. It might just be the solution you’ve been looking for. 😀

  18. Rae
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    This is a great tool. Thank you so much!

    • Ted
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      Took me to only commercial fonts and only 3/100 were close. On the plus side, this was the engine that even came close.

  19. Penny
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    Thanks so much, I could have used this so many times in the past. I don’t know how many hours I have wasted searching for fonts!

  20. Ruth316
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    Just used it for the first time. Found what I was looking for in a script font. So glad I recalled that you had a blog post and after reading the directions I was able to find what I was looking for.

  21. Marsha Owens
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    Can you provide a web site with good useable fonts for scrapbooking? I have spent hours at this and still do not have but I few I really like. Need several good ones in the near future.
    Thanks Jen,
    Marsha

    • Jen White
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      Hi Marsha.

      There are a LOT of font sites. Many of them make it difficult to find the font download button and try to trick you into downloading advertiser’s software. For that reason, we avoid recommending specific sites because we don’t want to be held responsible.

      My best advice is for you to Google “free fonts” and then choose one of the sites at the top of the list. I hope that helps. xoxo

  22. Nicky
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    Thank you so much for this tip and tutorial, because we often
    looking for the right font! I’m allowed to link to
    your blog on my Facebook page. Again THANK YOU! Nicky

    • Jen White
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      Glad you found the post useful, Nicky. Yes, you should always feel free to share a link to any of our material, whether on the blog or the website or in the store. xoxo

  23. Nann
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    You are the most brilliant person I know! Thank you a hundred times over!~

  24. 4grand
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    Thanks so much Jen, this is awesome!! I have emailed designers a couple times asking for the font used in their kits – so this is going to be GREAT. You’re a doll for finding and sharing all these cool tips.

  25. Maureen
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    Once you are in the image editor, how do you separate the letters from one another? Thanks in advance.

    • Jen White
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      Hi Maureen. Great question. Make sure you go through their instructions really well. If you still have questions, you can contact them directly for assistance. Do let us know if you figure it out. xoxo

  26. DorrieH.
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    Loved your answer…:)

  27. DorrieH.
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    Jen, would it have helped if you had use the brush tool to fill in the grungyness of the letter G after using the threshold adjustment?

    • Jen White
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      Great question, Dorrie. Yes, that certainly would have helped. But I’m a little too lazy for that. (Wink)

  28. Mary (cheerio54)
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    You clever clever clever gal! What a handy dandy tool to use.

  29. Reni
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    Thanks, Jen!! I have wanted this forever!

  30. donnal
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    Thank you, Jen, for this information. I am a font fanatic and what a great tool this will be for identifying new fonts.

  31. Cropalot
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    There have been many times I have wanted to match the font on a sign or identify a font used in a restaurant name, for example. I am anxious to try it. Thank you.

  32. Addie
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    It would be great if all designers would just include the fonts they used in their TOU. But this tool is unfortunately necessary. Thanks for the tips.

  33. makeyesup
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    Thanks, been wanting this for quite some time as it always frustrates me when scrappers do not list their fonts. And thanks also for the hints on using the site.

  34. lisa
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    great tips! i’ve been using this for QUITE some time and you are right … it’s fabulous! however, i haven’t had as much luck with script fonts. they do have the box to check if there is more than one letter but still, unless you separate the letters in the script, i’ve not had much success. and even when you separate the letters, it’s not always that great. that being said, i use it continuously AND if you find a font on a web page, i’ve used that option and it works beautifully just indicating the webpage! i will definitely try your tips on the more difficult ones. thank you!

  35. Lenore
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    Handy thank you so much will give it a go!

  36. Syndee N
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    Awesome!!! Thanks Jen!!

  37. Belle
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    This is fantastic. I quite often wish I could match the font in the word art when I do a layout. Thanks.

  38. Susie Roberts
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    That is so cool, Jen! You’re a star!

  39. Jen (rfeewjlj)
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    Love this – this sight is in my favorites now!! 🙂 Thx Jen!!

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